Linos Chalwe backs Nyirenda stance on team discipline


Ex-Chipolopolo striker Linos Chalwe has backed coach Wedson Nyirenda’s hard stance against erring players aimed at instilling discipline in the squad.

Nyirenda has axed striker Fwayo Tembo and midfielder Clatous Chama from the national team on disciplinary grounds.

Fwayo declined to feature in the away friendly against South Africa in June, while Chama refused to sit on the bench after being substituted during last month’s CHAN qualifier against Swaziland in Lusaka.

Chalwe, the General Secretary of the Footballers and Allied Workers Union, said it is vital that players are disciplined.

“Discipline is paramount in anything one would want to achieve. I support what the coach (Nyirenda) is saying. Discipline is very important in any field,” Chalwe said .

“On Clatous, you don’t do that (refusing to sit on the bench), a lot of people were watching. Players need to lead by example. They are role models,” the former Green Buffaloes and Napsa Stars forward said.

“We will try to educate them on their conduct, fair play and the academic part of football.,” Chalwe said.

Chalwe was once detained in the guard room at Arrakan Barracks for days after going out of the country for trials without permission while at Buffaloes.

“Minus discipline you can’t achieve anything.”



  1. That young man Cletus, good a player as he is, what has he achieved for Zambia to behave that way? Good move Wada.


  2. Wada should stop being emotionally immature and stop playing fire for fire or rather an eye for an eye with young players. As a national coach he should learn to stomach such ugly circumstances..maybe he does understand what the term COACH means. Prompt punishments is not the best solutions. You lose nothing by just talking to these young boys. Let Fwayo and Chama enjoy their game….!!!!


  3. Fwayo is indisciplined and that boy will never go anywhere if he doesn’t change. Wada needs to maintain discipline and there is nothing special about these boys being big headed. way to go Wada.


  4. May some one knowledgeable with soccer rules be kind enough educate me on how many foreign prayers are allowed to be in a Zambian club. i have just read from the daily mail that Zesco has bought new players. at first i thought having many foreign players was bad for the national team. no i was wrong. the available Zambian players available for selection to the National team will always be good due to competition



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